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Domtar, Unifor donate $1 million to RIH patient care tower

An artist's rendering of the patient tower at Royal Inland Hospital is pictured in this submitted photo.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / RIH Foundation
November 22, 2019 - 11:37 AM

The Royal Inland Hospital’s patient care tower has received a $1 million donation from Domtar and Unifor. This is Unifor’s single largest donation in the history of the union, and Domtar‘s largest donation ever to a hospital in western Canada.

Domtar’s donation will be split between company contributions and donations of employees, according to a RIH Foundation media release.

“We are pleased to support the hospital on this important project that will greatly enhance the medical resources for this community,” says Domtar Kamloops mill manager, Jean-Claude Allaire, in the release. “Everyone has a need for healthcare at some point and this perfectly aligns with Domtar’s core value of caring for the community in which we operate.”

The donation will go towards purchasing sate of the art equipment and other assets needed for the 287,000 square foot expansion.

“Jean-Claude was very keen on supporting the hospital and by working with Unifor, he knew this would lead to an even greater impact on health care excellence for our region,” says RIH Foundation CEO, Heidi Coleman, in the release. “This is an amazing partnership and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

Unifor represents about 315,000 workers across the country, and 800 in the Kamloops area, with 350 of those from Domtar. Unifor’s portion of the donation is split between the national union and Local 10-B.

“This is the first time we have partnered with Domtar to make a significant financial donation through our Canadian Community Fund, which gives back to communities in partnership with our major employers. It highlights the fact that our members and Domtar don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk,” says Unifor’s executive assistant to the National President, Scott Doherty, in the release. “As the largest private-sector union in the country, our members are very active in their communities and they also need to access its services. The equipment this money will provide for RIH is vital - it’s like giving Kamloops a new hospital.”

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